Stewart Alexander AWMM
Also known as
WWI 9/108 AWMM
Date of birth
Place of birth
Address before enlistment
Unknown AWMM Waikaka Valley, New Zealand AWMM
Post war occupation
Next of kin on embarkation
Mrs E.S. Aitken (mother), Waikaka Valley, via Gore, New Zealand AWMM
Pre 16 October 1914 AWMM Single AWMM
Medals and Awards
- Military Medal (MM) AWMM
London Gazette, 11 October 1916, p9839: AWMM
- Having located his citation its fitting that his courage be remembered.
His citation reads as follow and is taken from the original Army Form W3121.
"Distinguished brave and valuable service as a stretcher bearer on Gallipoli for six months. During August fighting worked devotedly and unceasingly in removing wounded under fire" Public - Chris - Researcher - 31 December 2016 - Army Form W3121.
POW liberation details
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- Son of James A. and Ellen S. Aitken, of Waikaka Valley, Southland, New Zealand. Also served at Gallipoli. AWMM
- Before the war Stewart had met Una Hamel, of Dunedin, and they had fallen in love. We don't think they were engaged, but she had been to the farm and met the family. Una was devastated when he was killed. Later she married a widower and had 3 children, but to the end of her life she remembered Stewart, her first love. Public - Sue - 25 April 2020 - Una Hamel told this to her grandchildren.
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Cause of death
- Buttes New British Cemetery (NZ) Memorial, Polygon Wood, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium AWMM
- Invercargill Cenotaph, Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand AWMM
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Stewart Alexander Aitken
Stewart Alexander Aitken was born in 1890, son of Helen Stewart and James Allison Aitken. He was killed in action on 29 April 1918 in France at the age of 27 years and 9 months. He lived in Waikaka Valley, Invercargill. My grandmother Jessie Aitken was his first cousin and also lived in Waikaka Valley, so they would have been close. Jessie met and married Francis Ritchie Blue when he was school teacher at Waikaka Valley. My father, Stewart Aitken Strang Blue was born in 1909 and would have known Stewart (he also shares his first name, and has Aitken as a middle name). I am very sad that he lost his life in this horrible war. I am interested in genealogy, and visited Waikaka Valley to see where my roots came from - and saw the memorial to Stewart. I would very much like to visit Stewart's grave or memorial stone in France if it exists. I have always had an affinity to France.
Public - Robyn - Other Relative - 20 June 2015
- New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
Vol1: 7 AWMM
- McDonald, W. (2001). Honours and awards to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Great War, 1914-1918. Napier, N.Z.: Helen McDonald. AWMM
Refer to Wayne McDonald's book Honours and Awards to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Great War 1914-1918, page 9. AWMM
- Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
Vol. 4: Includes portrait AWMM
|25 April 2020||Sue||Balclutha NZ||Other||
|31 December 2016||Chris||UK||Researcher||
|20 June 2015||Robyn||Newtown, Wellington||Other Relative||
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